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An Unexpected Reminder about Love and Sin

An Unexpected Reminder about Love and Sin

God knows what we need better than we do. I was reminded of this truth tonight when my plans unexpectedly changed. I needed to bake prosphora. I was having a rough day; I was upset about things which made me irritable. I didn’t want to bake at home because I wanted to be alone and pray while I baked. To […]

The Nostalgia of Lent

The Nostalgia of Lent

We are at the end of the first week of Great Lent. Every year, the season of Lent can be wildly different. Some easier than others. Some not at all what I expected. This year I see some new dynamics in our family; I see joy and nostalgia. My twenty-year-old, Scarlett, told me this is the most nostalgic time of […]

Byzconsin!

Byzconsin!

Three and a half years have now passed since we moved from the High Desert in sunny California to the farm country of crisp and cold Wisconsin. Time has gone by quickly and life has been interesting–full of surprises, both good and bad. You know how we pray to live in peace and repentance during the Divine Liturgy? Well I […]

Preparing for Christmas with a new Jesse Tree Book

Preparing for Christmas with a new Jesse Tree Book

Today, I ordered this wonderful looking book for our family to use for the upcoming Phillips Fast (a.k.a. Advent). I admit, I have been dreading the fact that the fast is beginning soon (November 15th). I have been avoiding thinking about it; whenever one of the kids brings it up I tell them, “Shush, no need to talk about it […]

Lessons From A Monastery: Becoming a Christian

Lessons From A Monastery: Becoming a Christian

All you who have been Baptized into Christ have put on Christ. Alleluia! The gathering of friends and family around the baptismal font are the happiest moments and most important ones in a Christian’s life. My newborn daughter was recently baptized, chrismated, (confirmed) and given her first communion. Serafina’s godfather flew to Wisconsin from California for the event and we […]

Serafina’s Baptism, Chrismation, and First Communion

Serafina’s Baptism, Chrismation, and First Communion

Recently our new baby Serafina was baptized. The day was perfect and filled with such joy, as all baptism days are. Little Sera was also chrismated (confirmed) and received the Eucharist. For those not aware, the Eastern Catholic church gives all three sacraments of initiation at once. I wrote an article explaining the Eastern practice which you can read here. In […]

by · July 7, 2015 · 5 comments · Family, monks, Sacraments
Getting ready for Pentecost!

Getting ready for Pentecost!

  Sunday is Pentecost so we planted Celosia in a planter for our prayer table. We planted Celosia because it looks like little flames of fire. I had Lucas, Sal, and Marina help me plant them and while digging in the dirt and planting the little flames we discussed the Feast of Pentecost and the Holy Spirit. Saturday afternoon I plan […]

Every Home A Monastery Podcast

Every Home A Monastery Podcast

Catholic Exchange Editor Michael Lichens interviewed me for the CE podcast. We forgot to share it on our blog because last Wednesday I gave birth to our little daughter Serafina! I’ll be posting some pics of the new baby very soon! For now here is the description and link to the podcast for those interested. Every Home a Monastery: An Interview […]

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